Simón Bolívar

1783 – 1830   Soldier, Revolutionary, Liberator

At the time of Bolívar’s birth in what is now Venezuela, all of the Americas south of the United States (less Brazil) were Spanish colonies. Bolívar’s family had been in the Americas since the 1500s; they were wealthy, prominent and influential. Bolívar grew to resent Spanish domination of his homeland and joined the rebels, rapidly rising to command of the rebel forces. After an extended struggle, Bolívarand his allies won the independence of much of South and Central America, an area greater than the present United States of America. He served briefly as President of Peru and Columbia, but was not a good politician; his autocratic thinking put him at odds with former allies and he resigned, dying soon after fromtuberculosis. The country of Bolivia is named for him.

Founding Master of Order and Liberty Lodge No. 2 in Peru


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